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Updates from California

by Going Slowly

We landed in San Francisco a few days ago, and have been hanging out with Tara's brother Lian ever since. Everything is a little overwhelming at the moment, and we're definitely experiencing culture shock, but we're also having loads of fun with family and friends, and sampling the vast, eclectic array of delicious food on offer here.

Life is currently hectic and crazy, and so much socializing means little time for journaling and quiet reflection. True to form, we're taking notes like mad, and when things settle down, we'll have another dozen entries to publish about our two months of writing in Bangkok, what it feels like to be back in the US, and all the adventures we're having in California.

In the meantime, here's a sneak preview!

Us Riding an Xtracycle in SF
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    WOAH! That came outta nowhere, except it probably didn't. You guys look so cute... and different! It must be the civilian clothes :P
    Posted by Katherine on May 10th, 2011 at 4:05 PM
    Welcome back to the US! It's funny to me that I'm more jealous of the fact that you are on Valencia street than just about any place you were abroad.
    Posted by Suzanne on May 11th, 2011 at 3:52 PM
    Hah! Welcome back! I was in SF on Tuesday -- who knows, maybe we passed right by you!

    Posted by Jean on May 12th, 2011 at 8:58 PM
    Love the bicycling SE Asia style. Welcome home!!!
    Posted by Natasha on May 14th, 2011 at 12:41 AM
    We're patiently waiting for the rest of your posts. We're in Germany riding along the
    Rhine for 17 days. We haven't been riding much since last year. A new Granddaughter and work are keeping us busy but we're enjoying riding now. Keep us posted with the rest of your life. You've got us hooked.

    Keep pedaling!
    Posted by Joanne and FRitz on May 16th, 2011 at 7:39 PM
    I guess it was kind of abrupt to jump from Laos to California. We have a bunch of entries to fill in the gap coming :) It is really nice to wear jeans again, but we are now die-hard merino wool wearers for everything else!

    Thank you! Valencia was a lot of fun, but boy oh boy was it expensive.

    Oh cool! It would've been really nice to meet you, but I'm sure our paths will cross again eventually :)
    Posted by Tyler on May 17th, 2011 at 7:23 PM
    Natasha - Thank you, my dear! We can't wait to see you guys in October!

    Joann & Fritz - It's wonderful to hear a bit of your news. Congratulations on the new addition to your family! Oh a cycling holiday in Germany is a great idea - I hope you're enjoying the pastries and beer. Don't worry, we'll keep writing about our adventures, from now until we croak. Maybe now that we're back in the Midwest, one of these days we'll make it over to Ohio to say hello. :-) Happy pedaling!
    Posted by Tara on May 19th, 2011 at 2:49 AM
    Well, now you and nicolai ( are all finished, are there any good sites out there? is a kludge, and just isn't fun to read. Suggestions?
    Posted by Lowell on May 25th, 2011 at 8:01 PM
    Hi Lowell, has a wealth of cycle touring websites you might enjoy. As for the blogs we read on a regular basis, they pretty much consist of our friends, or people with whom we've corresponded over the years.

    Here are some from my RSS reader:

    A Bike Journey
    Bike About
    Rolling Tales
    Travelling Two
    This is not an Expedition
    Rik and Paula See the World
    Cycling in the World
    The Couple That Does Things

    I read cooking blogs mostly, and Tyler reads tech blogs, but I hope that helps!

    FYI: We're not done! We have about 20 entries left to publish from our trip, and we'll be writing about our homesteading project next (living out of a canvas tent while building a cob/strawbale home). We'll have a new version of our website up in a few weeks!
    Posted by Tara on May 30th, 2011 at 3:45 PM